I like the Stutzmann rendition too, as well as Magdalena Kozena in the second performance (chronologically last performance) in the Digital Concert Hall.
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My friend is listening to Faure Requiem and well, I've joined too...and I realized that in this requiem there is no Dies Irae, that's quite a curious thing, isn't it?
Man muss das Leben tanzen
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
What first come to my mind....
Bach cantata Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit BWC 106
Bach Matthäus-Passion Leonhardt
Bach Hohe messe Leonhardt
Palestrina Canticum Canticorum Hilliard
Desprez Déploration sur la mort de Johannes Ockeghem Hilliard
John Sheppard Media Vita Tallis Scholars
Taverner Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas Andrew Parrott
Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine Andrew Parrott
No Beethoven,no Mozart,Faure,Brahms etc.I consider them ( my opinion) more as concert pieces.
I love the missa Solemnis but not in this list.
But, again, as music to delight the senses, I love to play many requiems.
Josquin Desprez: Missa L'Homme armé sext toni, Agnus Dei, as sung by The Tallis Scholars. Absolutely number 1 for me. It is the music I want to hear in heaven. This is one of the most magical pieces of music ever written, especially the third "Agnus Dei", which begins at about 3:45:
I'm not sure if this counts, but Forrest's "Entreat me not to leave you" is one of my favorites. It's the story of Ruth
Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.
For me Bach's B-minor Mass is cosmic in its scope and power, and as spiritually rich and comprehensive a musical work as has ever been written or ever will be. In my college years I went out of my way to attend every performance of it in geographical proximity (not hard to find in music-filled New England). One of my my fellow music students liked to call it the "B-minus mass." I'd call it A+++.
My other favorite piece of religious music is Wagner's Parsifal. Wagner was actually an atheist, and used religious symbols for his own purposes, but he was dead serious in writing an emotionally probing work about religious hubris, institutional decadence, temptation, depravity, suffering, enlightenment, compassion, and healing, and if you "get" Parsifal you experience it as a journey of the soul. The music runs the gamut from the horrifying to the sublime, and reaches heights of beauty that put to flight all small-minded notions of spirituality as a monopoly of "the true religion" - which is part of the point of the work.
Beyond these, I love Faure's serene lullaby of a requiem, Berlioz's stylized tapestry of one, and Brahms's comfort for life's vicissitudes. And many other things.